2009 Hiring Strategy Guidelines


As one might expect, the financial downturn of 2008 will have an impact on how companies are hiring in 2009. Many companies will have a recruitment freeze until the markets improve, or they will be hiring at a slower rate than previous years. Common for all companies is that they will try to make business operations easier and more cost-effective. CareerBuilder recently released the results of its latest survey, 2009 Job Forecast, conducted by Harris Interactive. cheap mu Legend zen The survey, completed from November 12 to December 1, asked 3,259 hiring managers and human resource professionals in private sector companies about next year’s hiring trends. The majority of employers expect no major hiring changes during Q1, but many do plan on raising compensation during that time.

7 tips for employers looking to keep operations cost effective in 2009:

1. Increased Salaries – This will be the first point any business would look at in order to keep costs down, but do consider that: 66 percent of employers report their companies will increase salaries for existing employees this year (if only by 3 percent…), and one third expect to increase salaries on initial offers to new employees. 2. Introducing Flexible Work Arrangements – It might not be for everyone, but this is a tip that might cut your office rental costs: 31 percent of employers will provide more flexible work arrangements, including alternate schedules, telecommuting options, compressed work weeks, summer hours, job sharing and sabbaticals. 3. Green Jobs – One of the few positive increases from 2008, 13 percent of employers (3 percent more than last year) say they plan to add “green jobs” – positions that implement environmentally conscious design, policy, and technology to improve conservation and sustainability. 4. Look at Your Recruitment Tools – Despite decreased hiring budgets, spend on recruitment tools like online recruitment sites, newspaper classifieds, career fairs, recruiters and social networking sites will increase. Looking at specialized job boards will give you targeted exposure and attract candidates with relevant experience. 5. mu legend zen Look at Retaining Retirees – 17 percent of employers express an interest in rehiring retirees likely to rehire retirees from other companies, and another 12 percent hope to provide incentives for workers nearing retirement age to stay on with the company longer. 6. mu legend zen for sale Diversity Recruitment – 88 percent of employers report they will be placing the same or greater amount of emphasis on recruiting bilingual candidates in 2009. 7. mu legend power leveling Freelance or Contract Hiring – 28 percent of employers anticipate hiring freelancers or contractors to support their business as they wait for the economy to bounce back. “The job market of 2008 suffered as the U.S. economy weakened and entered into a recession,” CareerBuilder CEO Matt Ferguson said. “Looking ahead, recruitment levels are expected to be lower in the new year, but employers are not out of the mix completely; instead they’re taking ‘a wait and see’ approach to hiring.” The survey found that, for full-time hiring, 14 percent of employers plan to increase permanent employees, compared to 32 percent in 2008. About 16 percent of employers plan to decrease staff numbers next year, 56 percent are planning no change and 13 percent are unsure. arcteryx outlet Hiring of part-time employees For part-time hiring, 8 percent of employers plan to increase their staff, a decrease from 21 percent in 2008. Also, 14 percent of employers plan to cut jobs, 62 percent expect no change and 15 percent are unsure. Where most people will be hired The survey further found that the most people will be hired in the South and West next year, as 18 percent of employers in the South and 14 percent of employers in the West plan to add full-time employees, compared to 13 percent in the Midwest and 11 percent in the Northeast. In the Northeast, 19 percent of employers are predicting staff decreases, compared to 17 percent in the Midwest and 14 percent in the South.

Which industries are hiring the most?

The industries set to see the most number of new jobs are professional and business services and information technology, as 28 percent of IT employers and 23 percent of professional and business services employers plan to add full-time jobs. Adidas Italia The transportation and utilities industry will increase by 20 percent, sales by 16 percent, healthcare by 14 percent, financial services by 13 percent, retail by 7 percent and hospitality by 5 percent. The survey also found that to help lower costs, many employers plan to begin implementing new hiring practices next year, including: increased salaries, flexible work arrangements, green jobs, recruitment tools, retraining retirees, diversity recruitment and freelance or contract hiring.

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